Trabalhos em Linguística Aplicada
Print version ISSN 0103-1813
SCHEYERL, Denise and SIQUEIRA, Sávio. Brazil as seen by others: foreigners'representations of Brazilians nowadays. Trab. linguist. apl. [online]. 2008, vol.47, n.2, pp. 375-391. ISSN 0103-1813. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-18132008000200007.
Barbarian, rude, melancholic, slothful, cunning on one side, exotic, happy, courteous, on the other. These are some of the images associated to a Brazilian typology by foreigners and even by native sociologists, anthropologists, and writers. Departing from images which date from the discovery of the country, the article aims to confront them with foreigners' impressions and visions built and assumed before their real contact with Brazil and the Brazilian culture, and point out whether these contemporarily pre-fabricated impressions changed or remained the same, or if they were simply reinforced. Finally, the study proposes to complement this overall picture bringing up questions which relate to the process of building up the identity of a people.
Keywords : national identity; Brazilian identity; foreigners' representations.